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Jerry Owen Townsend

Obituary for Jerry Owen Townsend

December 23, 1948 - August 19, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 71


Jerry Owen Townsend, born on December 23, 1948, in San Antonio, Texas, went home to be with the Lord on August 19, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, French Montford Townsend and LaRue Thompson Townsend. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joan Reeder Townsend; son, James Brian Townsend and wife, Jennifer; daughter, Julie Elizabeth Wright and husband, Daryl; grandchildren, Madeline Townsend, Blake Ledwig, Mason Ledwig, Allison Townsend, Tatum Townsend and Carly Wright; siblings, Larry Townsend and wife, Diana, Joyce Kitten and husband, Steve; as well as several nieces and nephews. Jerry loved spending time with his grandchildren, and they had many countless adventures and memories together. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1967. He was a member of the Lee High School 1965 State Finalist football team. He attended the University of Texas on a football scholarship and later joined the San Antonio Police Department where he served for 33 years, the last several years working as a financial crimes detective. Upon retirement, he received the prestigious Distinguished Service Award. He will be dearly missed and cherished by all who knew him. A Celebration of Life will be held at University United Methodist Church on August 27, 2020, at 10:30 am. Masks and social distancing are required. A private burial will follow in Devine, Texas at Evergreen Cemetery at 4:00 pm.

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